Decorations designed by a Riverside stained glass studio now adorn the Rose Garden and the State Dining Room in the White House.
David J. Condon, of Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio in Riverside, created stained glass windows for the 2012 White House Christmas decorations. A total of eight colored windows were installed overlooking the Rose Garden and the State Dining Room.
Condon supervised the installation process, which took place over a two-day period as more than 100 volunteers from all over the country decorated the 54 trees on display. Condon received a special invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the Nov. 28 White House Christmas Party, where this year’s decorations were revealed and showcased.
The White House windows produced at Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio were designed by David Csicsko, with whom Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio has collaborated on many large projects, including the new Chapel windows for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, St Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Dyer, Ind., and Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Condon opened Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio in Riverside in 1979. He oversees a staff of highly skilled artisans specially trained in both traditional and contemporary glass fabrication. He has designed, built and restored stained glass windows for many churches, restaurants, public buildings and homes throughout the Midwest, California, Hawaii and states throughout the nation.
Restoration projects have included the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, the Robie House, many privately owned Wright homes, as well as a number of historic homes and churches.